Mexico still top choice for American expats
Mexico remains the top destination for US residents leaving the country. [Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]
While the United States remains one of the most attractive options for immigrants, there are always plenty of citizens who are eager to leave it too. At VOXXI we explored the most popular countries for US citizens who decide they rather live abroad.
Nearly 3,000 Americans either ditched their passports or renounced their citizenship, according to numbers acquired from the US Government by Global Post. That’s three times higher than the average of the past five years. Some rather retire elsewhere, and other just can’t stand the hustle and bustle lifestyle of the states, and well, some might have obscure reasons that might not be all too legal–but we’ll leave that for another day.
The Pew Research Center compiled a list of the top destinations for US-born emigrants to live in, based on the documented number of Americans residing in each country as of 2010.
- Mexico: Despite all the bad press it gets for the ongoing violence, and even lawlessness in some of its states with narcowars, Mexico remains the number one destination for expatriates from the United States to live in. It’s got 510,000 emigrants living there.
- Canada: Number two in the list is Canada, with a considerably lower number of former U.S. citizens living there than Mexico. Again, the proximity, the common language, and the same quality of life afforded by the United States make Canada a very attractive option for many. It’s got 310,000 emigrants from the U.S. living there.
- Puerto Rico: Ok this isn’t technically a foreign country if you’re a U.S. citizen; it’s a territory of the United States, so you can travel freely back and forth without renouncing your citizenship. However, the UN recognizes it as an independent territory, which is why it’s making this list. 210,000 emigrants were living here at the time of the study, even though with the ongoing fiscal crisis , it’s probable this number is now lower. The country has seen a steady stream of residents leaving for the mainland United States in recent years.
- United Kingdom: The United Kingdom comes in at number 4. Still the number one ally of the United States, the UK shares the same language, and might be a fairly easy culture to assimilate to. They do speak English in England, but make sure you brush up on Britishism. It’s got 190,000 U.S. emigrants.
- Germany: The fifth largest country in Europe is also number 5 for its number of American expats living there. It’s got 120,000 US emigrants living there, according to the Pew study.
- Israel: Israel comes in at number 6 on this list. It’s got 90,000 US emigrants living there.
- Australia: The land down under is far away, but not far enough for 70,000 former U.S. residents to be living there.
Originally published by VOXXI as “Mexico remains the number one choice for American expatriates“
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